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Vibe (12/99, p.158) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century127.896

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Living Blues (3-4/96, p.87) - "...Memphis Archives offers 18 stellar examples of [classic blues] from giants such as Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith as well as obscure performers like Mary Staffor and Clementine Smith..."0.8932639

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Mojo (Publisher) (7/00, p.121) - "...Places [her] in the boudoir blues tradition of other salty mamas such as Bessie Smith, Etta James and Koko Taylor....Dana deserves nothing less."0.8403334

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Mojo (Publisher) (p.113) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[S]he sang truculent blues, indebted to Bessie Smith, Big Maybelle, Ma Rainey but made unmistakably her own due to an inimitable bark and bawl."0.7352917

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Entertainment Weekly (6/4/93, p.55) - "...McCorkle has such complete (and justified) faith in her material, she can move with aplomb from a slowly rockin' 1920s Bessie Smith number, to a reflective, contemporary Rupert Holmes song, and on to sweet/sad Brazilian jazz..." - Rating: B0.63025

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JazzTimes (3/96, p.85) - "New Orleans-born vocalist Linda Hopkins belts soulfully in the big voice tradition of Helen Humes, Bessie Smith and Ida Cox....Hopkins delivers with uncanny power and a touch of sass....A first rate example of classic jazz-blues."0.63025

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Down Beat (8/92, p.52) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...Bessie Smith sang with authority equal to mentor Ma Rainey's, but with more flexibility and variety of storytelling techniques, greater tonal range, and finer articulation...The empress did no wrong..."0.63025

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CMJ (7/24/00, p.31) - "...[Her] voice and style jump with the blues of Bessie Smith, the verve of Etta James and the upbeat soul of Gladys Knight..."Down Beat (11/00, p.68) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Her perfectly acceptable singing is framed with dressed-up blues and blues-related music by producer Scott Bellington and a team of musicians..."0.5252084

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Rolling Stone (8/5/99, p.67) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...one of several albums from which Evora...has acquired her glittering international reputation..."Entertainment Weekly (3/12/99, p.70) - "...a package of mellifluous Portuguese songs representing the romance of her native Sao Vicente. Evora's gift for conveying vulnerablity across language and culture is astonishing. Like Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday, she evokes thoughts of hearts won and lost." - Rating A-Dirty Linen (8-9/99, p.68) - "...glitters with gorgeous and evocative songs of longing and regret....places [Evora's] rich pipes over more traditional acoustic instrumentation..."0.4201667

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Rolling Stone (8/5/99, p.67) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...one of several albums from which Evora...has acquired her glittering international reputation..."Entertainment Weekly (3/12/99, p.70) - "...a package of mellifluous Portuguese songs representing the romance of her native Sao Vicente. Evora's gift for conveying vulnerablity across language and culture is astonishing. Like Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday, she evokes thoughts of hearts won and lost." - Rating A-Dirty Linen (8-9/99, p.68) - "...glitters with gorgeous and evocative songs of longing and regret....places [Evora's] rich pipes over more traditional acoustic instrumentation..."0.4201667

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Rolling Stone (11/11/71, p.54) - "...with CAHOOTS, I have no compunction in saying that the Band is one of the few functioning units in rock worthy of the name auteurs..."Rolling Stone (8/31/00, pp.69-73) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The added demo of 'Don't Do it' - a funky butt-kicking of Marvin Gaye's 'Baby Don't You Do It' - beats nearly everything on the original LP..."Entertainment Weekly (9/1/00, p.81) - "...These remasterings sound incredibly rich, and each has alternate takes....this is reissuing done right." - Rating: B-Q (10/00, p.139) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Anything containing 'Life Is A Carnival', mind, can't be all bad....Remastered, properly annotated, plus bonus tracks....there's been no better time to get re-acquainted with this quintessential American music..."No Depression (9-10/00, pp.102-3) - "...Benefits from the remastering job....as it is sweetened with an unreleased version of 'Endless Highway'....gratifying..."Mojo (Publisher) (10/00, p.126) - "...Improves on the original digital transfers, clarifying significant details without homogenizing the overall sound. The addition of bonus tracks, of varying interest, will please some..."0.2527555

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Uncut (magazine) (p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] handsome, four-disc set with extensive selections from Larkin's jazz journalism..."0.1368079

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Mojo (Publisher) (p.118) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "With the inclusion of a traditional Navajo chant performed by Radmilla Cody and Spanish language Tejano pop from Selena, its far-reaching diversity is admirable."Record Collector (magazine) (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "There's plenty of space for pioneering types, but not at the expense of modern-day performers committed to keeping bygone indigenous music alive..."0.1263778

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Rolling Stone (No. 984, p.158) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...The group's devotees will find much to enjoy on this set, and their pleasures won't be limited to the thirty-seven previously unreleased tracks and film clips...."Mojo (Publisher) (p.124) - 4 stars out of 5 - "A lot of great music...CD1 is the most remarkable: 25 songs plotting their transformation from Nuggetsy rock, via R&B, Dylan's band, folk rock and gospel, to that unmistakable Band sound."0.1105805

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